Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Category: New Adult
Status: Book 3.1 of A Court of Thornes and Roses series (novella)
Hope warms the coldest night.
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.
Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
I’m a fan of Sarah J. Maas. I have the first four books of Throne of Glass series and I also have ACOMAF and ACOWAR. I was super excited about this book. More about my baes from the series? Bring it on!
Needless to say, I was disappointed.
The story takes place about a year after ACOWAR and the book is supposed to be some sort of epilogue or segue into the next series about the same characters (probably starring Nesta). There were a lot of things I didn’t like so let’s do it in a list.
All the things I did not like:
- There was NO PLOT.
- Hence, there was also no point for the book.
- I don’t like Feyre anyway but I kinda hated her more here.
- What?? Is even?? Rhysand??? I HATED HIM HERE. I loved him in ACOMAF but OMG this book totally ruined him for me.
- ALSO. Feyre and Rhys were only talking and thinking about having sex and I just?? am NOT?? here for this??
- I was SO DARN FRUSTRATED with Elain. She did NOTHING.
- And I hated Feyre more because she kept nosing herself into others’ businesses where she has nor right being.
- What even is Nesta here? She just wasted away her life drinking and hooking up with random people.
- And Cassian is STILL following her around like a lost puppy?!
- Don’t get me wrong, I did ship Nesta and Cassian but I’m taking it back after this book. I actually kind of understood but the pointless small segment about them two in ACOFAS made no sense and I didn’t like it.
- Half the book all the characters are going around shopping the others because it’s Christmas and I was so BORED.
- Feyre was supposed to be this person still struggling from the war and someone who is finally healing with painting. But I just found her annoying. Most of the time it was “I want to paint but I’m afraid of what’ll come out so I’m not.”
- MOVE ON FEYRE. All she did was think about Rhys, think about how to get Nesta out and painting.
- Feyre also did NOTHING of consequence.
- Cassian was ruined for me in this book, not gonna lie.
- They all just kept drinking and wasting time?? I hardly even saw them do anything.
- Throughout the book we just saw from points of view of four of them but it changed so fast that in every segment, AND OVERALL, there was no point to any of them.
- THE WHOLE?? DAMN?? BOOK??
What I liked (comparitively so it actually doesn’t mean much):
- Mor because she wasn’t ruined for me but I was annoyed with her a little? Comparatively, she was fine.
- Azriel. He also wasn’t ruined because there wasn’t even any segment from his point of view. So basically he’s fine because there’s nothing from his side.
- yeah that’s it bye.
It’s such an unnecessary book. I feel like SJM wrote it just to give the fans more of the characters but had no plot to write about.
This review by Whitney Atkinson on Goodreads is so ON POINT. She talks about everything frustrating and it’s exactly how I feel so you definitely read it. She was apt when she said it felt like a piece of fanfiction.
I contemplated whether to rate it one or two stars but ended up giving two because… I don’t know. ‘Cuz she didn’t ruin Azriel and that needs to be noted.